Prasidh Krishna Would Like To Improve On Starting With The New Ball
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Prasidh Krishna Would Like To Improve On Starting With The New Ball

Prasidh Krishna (AFP Photo)
Prasidh Krishna (AFP Photo)

Prasidh Krishna has impressed everyone with his pace and bounce but Team India’s newest pace sensation admitted that he needs to work hard on trying to be more economical with the new ball.

In both the ODIs, Prasidh Krishna got wickets in his second spell with the semi-new ball (as two new balls are used) and got a bit of  hammering from England batsmen during his opening overs.

Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)
Prasidh Krishna sets new Indian record with 4 for 54 on ODI debut (Reuters Photo)

Prasidh Krishna Would Like To Start Better And Improve Starting With The New Ball

Prasidh Krishna picked up four wickets conceding 54 runs in the first ODI against England, playing a crucial role in India’s 66-run victory in Pune. He returned with figures of 2/58 in the 2nd ODI which came in a lost cause but he gave a ray of hope dismissing centurion Jonny Bairstow and castling skipper Jos Buttler for nought in the same over.

“Personally, I would like to start better. I would like to improve on how I have been starting with the (new ball). Otherwise, all the runs that I gave away were scored off bad balls. So I would go back and work on those aspects,” Prasidh said after India lost the second ODI by six wickets.

While the Indian bowlers had a poor day in office, Prasidh Krishna said that they could have hardly done anything in the face of an onslaught from Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes.

“We could have bowled better, am not denying the fact but we need to give credit to the way they played as well. It was an onslaught, we got hit quite bad.”

Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (Pic Source: Twitter)
Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes (Pic Source: Twitter)

England chased down a stiff 337-run target with 6 wickets and 39 balls remaining to level the ongoing series 1-1 with Jonny Bairstow (124) and Ben Stokes (99) providing necessary fireworks in the 2nd ODI against India in Pune.

Jonny Bairstow scored 124 off 112 balls and Ben Stokes fell 1 run short of a century but he had done the hard work and inflicted damage to India by scoring at a strike rate of 190.38. It was tough to see spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya leaking runs without any sort of control. While Kuldeep Yadav finished with figures of 0 for 84 in 10 overs, Krunal Pandya gave away 72 runs in just 6 overs and he too went wicketless.

Prasidh Krishna: India Could Have Done Better But England Did Well Too On A Flat Wicket Which Was Challenging For Bowlers

With only four fielders outside the circle during the second Powerplay (between 11-40 overs), it is always difficult to stop the batsmen on a flat deck.

“That’s the game of white-ball cricket today. With four outside for the 11 to 40 overs, that’s bound to happen. It was a very good wicket to bat on, no doubt. The score says it all. We scored 330-plus and they chased it down in the 44th over. It says it all. It was a flat wicket, challenging wicket for bowlers where the margin of error was very, very less,” he noted.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Photo: BCCI

The execution part went all awry and Prasidh Krishna seemed a trifle irritated with repeated references.

“Our executions could have been slightly better, personally for me. Other than that, it is a repetitive question, the third time I am being asked. Yes, we did make mistakes, we could have done better but they batted well too,” the Karnataka pacer reiterated.

Only pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Prasidh Krishna entered the wickets column for India as England made light work of the target after a big-hitting display of the top order which saw England level series 1-1.

There was no place to hide for the two spinners as Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow hit 17 sixes between them in a match-winning 175-run stand for the 2nd wicket that took the game away from India.